Midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans talks about his time so far and hopes for the future with Coventry City here...
Coventry City midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans spoke exclusively to match-day programme PUSB shortly before the season ended.
Now that the club have confirmed that Kelly-Evans has agreed terms for his professional deal, we thought we'd relive the interview so Sky Blues fans can get an insight into the latest crop of talents emerging from the Academy - taking you back to the midfielder's interview on his future with the club!
How did you feel when you were offered a pro deal?
Relief! I’ve supported this club since I was a kid, I live two minutes from the ground so it’s a dream really. I wanted to do this for my Mum and Dad.
How long have you been at the club and how did joining the Academy come about?
When I was six I was scouted by Chris Brown. We’ve had loads of issues, like we’re not big enough, not tall enough, that's been a big one really. But we’ve got through and kicked on at every opportunity.
It’s been a long journey, but now we’re playing men’s football and it’s the start of a new chapter. It's a new exciting chapter I'm really looking forward to.
Who have been influential figures in your career?
Well, my Mum used to take me to training three or four nights a week and my Dad has given up so many things to get me here. I can’t say thank you enough to them really, they've given everything for their family. Me and Dion cannot really put into words what they've done for us.
How would you describe yourself as a player to fans who maybe don’t know much about you?
As a player I’m very versatile. I can play full-back on either side on the wing and in midfield, I’ve got to prepare for different managers who want me in different positions. I've played in every outfield position this season, so it's been a real learning curve at times!
I’d say I’m a left-midfielder though, I always want to excite the crowd and try to bring flair to the game.
What has your year been like?
Incredible really, I thank Steven Pressley for giving me my opportunity. I’ve been injured, had ups and downs, got a squad number and I've learned so much. I think I've learned a lot more about what it takes this year and I'm confident for the challenge ahead.
What are your goals for next year?
I’m looking to break into the first team and have a big pre-season. I experienced it last year and I know how important it is to hit the ground running, I want to show the gaffer what I am made of.